Michelin Pilot Sport 4 revealed

Michelin has revealed its Pilot Sport 4 tyre ahead of its on-sale release in Australia in October.

THE MICHELIN PILOT SPORT 4 tyre has been revealed ahead of its on-sale release here in October, and will list from $195RRP. Michelin claims the tyre “features the highest levels of handling and safety in its class due to innovative technologies previously reserved for super cars and motorsport tyres only”.

In a test against two leading competitor tyres (brands not disclosed), Michelin’s Pilot Sport 4 outperformed them in every test criteria which covered both wet and dry conditions and included lane change manoeuvres, and measurement of front and rear grip and wet braking stability. The test was conducted in Japan with all tyres compared of a 245/40R18 aspect ratio with the tyres fitted to a 2012 Audi A4.

According to Michelin Australia’s Managing Director, Cedric Binoit: “The MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 range is made for drivers who are not willing to compromise on safety but also desire handling accuracy and control in any conditions.”

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“Our test results show that the Michelin Group’s engineers considerably improved the MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 tyre traction performance in comparison to leading competitors, thus ensuring the new tyre’s leading position in the sports segment.”

Michelin said the Pilot Sport 4 tyre’s tread pattern is “inspired by Formula E racing tyres” which are unlike the slicks fitted to Formula One cars, and are “able to handle high speeds, sharp accelerations and turns with tremendous torque and superb reaction in both wet and dry conditions”.

Practical Motoring is chasing an RRP for this tyre and will update the article when we’ve received it. For more information on choosing car tyres, click here.

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.